22 Nov '11, 4am

Vietnamese war refugee to reunite with son after 34 years, after pirate attack in 1977 separated them

ROCHESTER, New York (AP) - A Vietnamese war refugee who survived a 1977 pirate attack that separated him from his wife and infant child is reuniting with his grown son in New York state after nearly 34 years apart. Hao Truong was tossed into the South China Sea after pirates attacked a boat taking refugee families to Thailand in December 1977. He said he managed to stay afloat for 16 hours before being rescued by a fishing boat. In a Thai refugee camp, Mr Truong learned weeks later that his wife had died - her body washed up on shore along with another female victim. But he had long assumed that their 7-month-old baby, Kham, had survived and was raised by someone else. Mr Truong resettled in the United States in 1978, sponsored by an uncle living in Louisiana. On a trip to Thailand in June after hearing his son might be alive, a social worker helped him locate his son, now...

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